Way of the Gun (McQuarrie, 2000)

Surprisingly effective crime film holds up after so many years, mainly due to it’s great blocking of actors and offscreen violence. The opening action sequence which pits kidnappers Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro against bodyguards Nicky Katt and Taye Diggs is a great example of this less is more approach. The dialogue does seem mostly overwritten, as anything from the man behind The Usual Suspects would be, but the moments of silence and decision between characters still resonate with a brand of Peckinpah grizzle that feels incredibly effective more often than not. Also, there’s a continuous pattern of referred experience between each criminal in the film and it makes the world that much more interesting and dangerous – a permanence these professionals live with even when they are recognizing their own deaths.

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